Definition of abdication crisis in English:

abdication crisis


  • The constitutional crisis which culminated in the abdication of Edward VIII from the throne of the United Kingdom in 1936, as a result of his determination to marry Wallis Simpson, an American woman who had divorced her first husband and was about to divorce her second.

    The marriage was opposed by the British government, as well as representatives of the dominions of the British Empire, reflecting public opinion and strong opposition from the Church of England. It was believed that the King's marriage to a divorcee would be incompatible with his role as the head of the Church of England.


1930s; earliest use found in Oelwein (Iowa) Daily Register.